The church is called to be a merciful people. Jesus has called us to extend mercy as we preach the gospel through the nations. Sometimes, it seems, at least here in the U.S.A., as though we go out of our way to footnote, qualify, and give restrictions on how that mercy is to be distributed. We often err on the side of doing nothing rather than on the side of doing too much. If I am ever in a position where I need mercy extended to me… I hope that the church errs on the side of grace. Maybe loving our neighbor would cause us to do likewise.
Or maybe not…. we should check the footnotes to be sure.